Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients for about 16-17 truffles • 5 ounces (150 g) dark chocolate 70% • 1/2 cup (100 ml) heavy whipping cream • 1/4 cup (50 g) butter • 3 tbsp ground walnuts • optional flavorings (coffee or orange zest, rum, lemon, cherries, or whatever you preffer) • cocoa powder for coating Directions 1. Put the Read More

Cauliflower Gratin

Ingredients • Makes 4 servings • 1 head cauliflower – cut into small flowerets • 2 or 3 tbsp breadcrumbs • Sauce Ingredients • 1/2 stick (55 g) butter • 2 tbsp flour • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp (130 ml) milk • 1 clove garlic • 1 basil leaf • salt and pepper • Read More

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

Ingredients • Makes about 6 servings • 1 tbsp olive oil • 1 onion, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 carrot, diced • 3/4 cup celery root, chopped • 1 red chili pepper • 1/2 cup tomato • 4 cups (1 Liter) vegetable stock or water • 3 large sweet potatoes (yams), peeled, Read More

Pea Stew

Ingredients • Makes 3-4 servings • 800 g canned green peas • 1 large onion, diced • 1/3 cup celery root, diced • 1 carrot, diced • 1 red pepper, diced • 1 tsp Hungarian paprika • 200 ml vegetable stock or water • 4-5 cherry tomatoes, puree • 1/4 cup soy sauce • 2 Read More

How does looking at plants help? 

All your organs can suffer due to the absence of plants. But your brain is super sensitive to environmental stimuli. When you don’t have a view of nature in your living and working environment, your creativity and health both suffer. When you are close to nature, it helps to impact your mental health positively. Gardening Read More

Moreish mocha profiteroles

Ingredients • 100g plain flour • 85g unsalted butter • 3 eggs, beaten   For the filling • 4 tbsp Bird’s custard powder • 6 tbsp golden caster sugar • 600ml milk • 2 tbsp coffee essence (dissolve 2 tbsp instant coffee granules in 2 tbsp hot water – we used Nescafé Partners’ Blend) • Read More

Gingered rich fruit cake

Ingredients • oil, for greasing • 100g each dried currant, sultanas and raisins • 225g each semi-dried fig and prunes, roughly chopped • 200g tub crystallised ginger • 100g stem ginger, from a jar, chopped • 2 tbsp stem ginger syrup • 4 tbsp Cointreau • 1 tsp each ground ginger and mixed spice • Read More

For those who are starting to garden at home.

Container: All edible plants should be grown in food safe containers. Try to avoid plastic as far as possible.Terracotta pottery and stainless steel are good non-leaching material for growing edible herbs.This is important as plastic when reused has toxic elements leaching into the soil. This causes the roots to take them up, and finally, they Read More

Physical Benefits-2 Hour of Gardening is Equal to 60 Minutes of Jogging

Gardening: The Wonder drug In a world of instant communication, we are constantly exposed to the latest cures for whatever ails us – the most recent wonder drugs. Most are costly, and many come with dire risks and side effects. Sometimes age-old simple cures can work wonders too. Gardening is turning out to be one Read More

Slow-roasted tomato & Gruyère tart

Ingredients For the pastry • 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting • 100g butter, cut into small pieces • 50g grated Gruyère (or vegetarian alternative) For the filling • 500g smallish vine tomatoes, halved • 1 tbsp olive oil • handful basil leaves, torn • 3 tbsp pesto (choose a vegetarian one) • 2 Read More

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